Wood Recyclers' Association call for biomass boiler guidance clarification

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The WRA has temporarily stopped taking on any new biomass boiler manufacturers to its membership until the situation is clarified.

Trade body the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has called for clarification on guidance to boiler manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

According to the WRA, there is confusion over what grades of wood are acceptable for small scale RHI biomass boilers which are non WID compliant.

The Environment Agency states only clean grade A wood can be used in non-WID boilers, yet local authority guidance allows a mix of grade A and in certain circumstances grade B.

Although the local authority guidance then refers to a further description of what it means by Grade B, the WRA feels this needs to be explained more clearly.

The WRA claimed confusion had led to some boiler manufacturers being able to sell non-WID compliant boilers on the basis that lower grade woods can be burned in them.

Andy Hill, chair of the WRA, said: "It is clear the guidance is inconsistent and ambiguous which is totally unacceptable.

"We will be working with the Environment Agency, OFGEM, the Biomass Suppliers List and local authority representatives to ensure that there is consistency on this issue in the future."

The WRA has temporarily stopped taking on any new biomass boiler manufacturers to its membership until the situation is clarified.


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